$10,000 Raised for Relay for Life of Kona
July 20, 2016
An outstanding team effort by members of Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU), students from Kealakehe and Konawaena Student Credit Unions, HCFCU staff and their families resulted in a $10,000 donation to the 2016 “Relay For Life” initiative, a non-profit arm of the American Cancer Society. This year’s donation — a $4,000 increase over 2015 and one of the highest donations this year — was strengthened by HCFCU branches creating their own individual fundraising strategies, including selling Punalu’u Sweet Bread, Relay For Life Ribbons and other activities.
“Just a few months after participating in the 2015 Relay for Life activities, we lost our Board Treasurer Ross Oue to cancer,” said Tricia Buskirk, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union President/CEO. “As we gathered together this year we wanted to honor Ross and others touched by cancer. We continue to be inspired to join communities across the country in taking action against this disease,” she said.
The main event, which took place on Saturday, July 9 at the Old Kona Airport Park, featured an eight-hour fundraising relay with hundreds of people walking to celebrate cancer survivors, remembering those who lost their struggle with the disease and supporting those still fighting cancer every day. According to the Relay for Life-Kona website, 25 local teams helped raise more than $61,700 so far this year.
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